The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) is the nation’s leading organization representing people with hearing loss.

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A Guide for Effective Communication in Healthcare (HLAA, 2017)
The more you understand about your own health, the better decisions you and your healthcare team can make. This is known as effective communication and the process often requires going back and forth with questions and answers until everyone has a clear understanding.  This guide covers the “auxiliary aids and services” that may help you to communicate; your legal rights to effective communication and how to get what you need for Emergency Department visits, Inpatient hospital stays; Outpatient appointments; Tests and procedures.

Communication Access Plan (CAP) form – PDF
CAP Instructions – PDF
HC Patient – The Complete Guide – PDF
HC Provider – The Complete Guide – PDF

Websites:  Blogger Shari Eberts is an active hearing health advocate and writes frequently on her blog and elsewhere. In 2015 she was named a HearStrong Champion for her work to change the stigma surrounding hearing loss. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Hearing Loss Association of America and was the Board Chair of Hearing Health Foundation from 2012-2015.  Book Author, NYT reporter and blogger Katherine Bouton shares her perspective, advice and links to many other resources. Monthly magazine & bloggers’ page: is a nonprofit informational website created and maintained by  Hope College psychology professor David G. Myers and his assistant Kathryn Brownson   HHTM was created by and for people who share the belief that Hearing Health & Technology Matters! “Our vision is to provide timely information and lively insights to anyone who cares about hearing loss.”  These links point to information regarding the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design as they relate to Assistive Listening Devices.   This site offers a specific guide with facts and guidance regarding vision and/or hearing loss and addiction treatment.